Powerful, prominent, prosperous and philanthropic par excellence, are the best words to use when describing senator Florence ita giwa. She exudes a larger than life aura. Gracefully corpulent, her step is endearing. The gleaming smile on her face is enchanting. Tastefully decked in luxurious ornaments, her superlative sense of dress and grooming is legendary, and can never be rivaled. Nimble-footed, quick-witted and down-to-earth, Senator Ita Giwa as she is fondly addressed in the social circle is perhaps one of the most powerful women in Nigeria. A one-time medical professional now politician, she is reputed with the struggle of Bakassi people.

Yes, she is Mama Bakassi; she is a quintessential Nigerian decorated with the honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). An engaging politician – both at the grassroots and the centre stage – wealthy and philanthropic, she wines with the rich and dines with the less privileged. Even at 70, her age-defying beauty and youthfulness are superlative. Senator Florence Ita-Giwa is a robust personality; an Amazon.

We had an encounter with her recently at an event and trust her she was looking so graciously blessed even from her outfit. We over heard her speaks to a friend about her desire not to remain single for the rest of her life and why she has not remarried. Society Reporters gathered that in as much as she is 70 years old, Ita Giwa has still not given up on her search for a right man she can live the rest of her life with.


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